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Monday, October 22, 2018
Snoring Puppies surround me. Morning sunshine bursts into our den at BlueMoon.
Q's last text letting me know he's safe has not yet been responded to.
Just a minute, must do that before moving forward here...
Leaving for part-time job later today. I am enjoying this subbing gig.
Who would have thought that I would ever be back in the classroom in the USA. Not me.
Subbing has its positives and negatives.
Positives — not a daily job, no work to take home, not responsible for children's learning for the year, the good feeling I get when helping out the school system that needs subs so badly.
Negatives — not a daily job, I don't get to make the rules in the classroom I am overseeing for the day, no real relationship with the students (and that age old truth resounds — 'Rules without Relationship Creates Rebellion) so some of the days can be difficult, and most frustrating so many faces: that I try to put names to. I would love to know them and be investing in their lives.
Now to the real news.
I attended the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference 2018 this past weekend.
Leaving on Thursday was a good idea. I got in and settled before the rush of Friday. (One more positive for subbing - I don't have to ask for days off.)
Getting off later than expected put me in a dismal mood, but my Revisionaries' (name of our Writing Critique Group) friend and I got checked in and she drug me to dinner. I will be indebted to her for her encouragement and care.
Both of us are dealing with unpleasant family issues. She, a cousin in the hospital. Me, my mother passing away on September 12th in Texas. And yet we found cheer in throwing ourselves into this conference. Granted, I was a bit more sour than she, but I was excited. I simply could not show it.
Friday began with registration and a wonderful seminar on Romantic Suspense, followed by several presentations by authors of RWA sharing their wealth of knowledge generously.
Gatherings throughout the hotel in cubbyholes and around tables created an environment of camaraderie among us. We are all writers of Romance. Some writing sweet romance, some writing about shapeshifters and some writing suspense. But all of us are writing.
Saturday began with a keynote speaker and breakfast. Raffle tickets were drawn and I was gifted with not one, but two baskets of coffee, chocolate, wine, wine glasses, Ereaders, swag and books and books and books! Signed by the authors. Now, how fun is that!
One was so heavy I was unable to carry it. Thankfully a new friend captured a suitcase dolly and I wheeled them out of the banquet hall. And with all the hubbub my friend Kristie Wolf (find her here:
As if this excitement wasn't enough, my friend and I both prepared for pitches! was followed by our opportunity to pitch our manuscripts to editors and publishers.
I pitched Sisters—Finding Love in a Broken World.
Three publishers requested synopsis and first three chapters. And Harlequin offered an email contact of an editor more suited for my story. So, if there is a fit that comes out of this — won't that be a new adventure!
It's Monday, I began the day at 4:30am preparing for subbing, sprinting on Slack with Revisionaries and drinking coffee listening to doggies snoring. (find Mary here: maryktilghmanwrites.com/ )
The rest of my day includes RR&BC, LLC responsibilities, subbing and then emailing all the wonderful people I had the opportunity to meet and get to know over this weekend.
Tomorrow synopsis of Sisters continues. + Subbing and... and... and...
Have a wonderful day.
We are all in this world together. Let's find some love and laughter and pass it on.
Nellie Jane Romance©
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